Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Song of the Week / Sickness Update

So this post is going to be a lot like the last post. Except I'm going to start with the sickness part this time!

So, for those of you who didn't catch it on facebook, I had something like the flu this past weekend. Now I say like the flu because I never had a test done...nor did I ever go to the doctor. But that's the joy when you have a doctor for a father! I called him up about my fever - 100.8 - and my sore throat with a cough, as well as my body aching and a horrible headache. So he had me take ibuprofen and acetaminophen, alternating every 3 hours or so, and Mucinex D (guaifenesin and pseudoephedrine) to relieve the cough and sinus congestion. For the lay people out there (this includes me...most of the time...), that's Advil, Tylenol, Mucinex, and Sudafed. This terrific drug cocktail pulled me up and out of the abyss that was my weekend.

"Yay Dad!" (waving a tiny flag)

...That was a quote from Disney's Robin Hood.

Anyway, my fever broke Sunday evening. But now this flu, or whatever it was, has developed into a headcold that has been hanging on these last few days. Horrible! Especially because I have a solo movement (the "Agnus Dei") in the Mass in B minor by Bach that FSU is performing tonight. We had one concert last night and I did fine...until the very end when I desperately wanted to cough. But that would have been bad on many levels, including infecting the first few rows of the audience. They certainly didn't pay for that.

So to make a long story short - too late! - I am now mostly better. I contacted my voice students and given them the option of rescheduling their lessons for today due to my potential contagiousness (a real word), and most of them agreed to reschedule. One of them didn't, though...so I now have to wonder if she's somewhat of a masochist, hoping to get sick, or has a wicked immune system that puts mine to shame.

Those of you with more experience around me would probably vote highly for the latter.

Alright, now on to the Song of the Week! This one I found while surfing the web for French restaurants (long story), and stumbled across it while on the menu page for a French restaurant called La Caille, just outside of Salt Lake City on the way to Little Cottonwood Canyon. It's très, très expensive for a student like me, and for many other people that aren't students. In fact, unless you're a good lawyer or doctor or executive, La Caille is probably out of your league. Just sayin'. Their website is AWESOME though, so go and visit it if you have a chance. Very chic. Just go past the first page.

The first song was a nice French one, called "Un Jour Comme un Autre" (A Day Like Any Other), but it was just 'eating' music to me. You know...it just fills up the background and makes lags in the conversation less awkward than they should be. But THIS song, On n'a pas besoin, immediately caught my attention when it came on while I was perusing the menu. I forgot about the über-expensive meals on the page and scrolled down to the bottom, where they had a little blurb about the music. So good!!

Click the picture, then click the play button at Playlist.com to listen to the track.

On n'a pas besoin, or There's no need in my limited French, is by a French group called "Paris Combo", and all their music is (naturally) in French. If any of you are into modern jazz that's catchy and singable, then this music is for you. Maybe. If you happen to like Becca's Brazilian music at all, then I promise you'll love this stuff.

If you'd like to buy it, go and do so on Amazon.com for only $0.89! It's a steal, really. And the whole album is only $7.99.

Pretty cool, n'est-ce pas?

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Song of the Week

Every now and then I find a song that just sticks in my head and screams for me to play it on my iPod nearly nonstop. That unsatiable desire sometimes lasts for about a week. My love affair this week is with Owl City's "Fireflies". It has been playing itself over and over in my head and on my iPod. I just find it incredibly catchy and (dare I say) cute - it talks about fireflies giving hugs! And dancing!

Anthony, you can lower your eyebrow now.

It's just a nice little something different from my standard Lifehouse and Coldplay playlists. The rest of the album - most of which you can listen to on their website - isn't bad, especially if you're into electronic and/or dance music. And the lyrics are all pretty good! But the single "Fireflies" is probably enough for me to buy right now, although I kinda like "Hello Seattle". As a whole, Owl City has a quasi-video game quality to it (being synthesized) that pulls me back to my childhood when I played Nintendo and Sega Genesis. Nowadays the video game music is practically orchestrated, but thanks to Owl City I can re-experience the good old days.

*sigh* How can I resist music that does that?

On a different note, I'm coming down with something ghastly that's causing a sore throat. Aaaack! And I have to sing my solo in the Bach Mass in B minor on Monday and Tuesday! I'm trying to deal with it on my own: drinking tons of water (and having to go to the bathroom way too often), gargling salt water, and getting plenty of sleep. Well...at least trying to get plenty of sleep.

I'm also chugging along with NaNoWriMo. I was up to par on my word count last night, and now I need to get to typing to keep up with my 1,667 words today. It looks like victory could be a possibility!

Monday, November 02, 2009

Quick Update

My phone is ALIIIIIVE!!

(This is the Transformer that turns into a cell phone in the movie.)

That being said, if anyone wants to call me they now can. I doubt I'll have any unusual amount of phone activity, but just so you know that the potential is there. :-)

I also wanted to post the link to my NaNoWriMo homepage (<~~ click the picture!). This is the page that will have my wordcount (hoping for 50,000!) as well as a small excerpt from what I typed up yesterday.

And, for your knowledge and viewing pleasure, here is the daily wordcount I have to stay up with in order to win NaNoWriMo by November 30th. The number list refers to the date (on November 1st I had to have 1,667 words, etc.)
  1. Day 1: 1,667 words
  2. Day 2: 3,334 words
  3. Day 3: 5,001 words
  4. Day 4: 6,668 words
  5. Day 5: 8, 335 words
  6. Day 6: 10,002 words
  7. Day 7: 11,669 words
  8. Day 8: 13,336 words
  9. Day 9: 15,003 words
  10. Day 10: 16,670 words
  11. Day 11: 18,337 words
  12. Day 12: 20,004 words
  13. Day 13: 21,671 words
  14. Day 14: 23,338 words
  15. Day 15: 25,005 words
  16. Day 16: 26,672 words
  17. Day 17: 28,339 words
  18. Day 18: 30,006 words
  19. Day 19: 31,673 words
  20. Day 20: 33,340 words
  21. Day 21: 35,007 words
  22. Day 22: 36,674 words
  23. Day 23: 38,341 words
  24. Day 24: 40,008 words
  25. Day 25: 41,675 words
  26. Day 26: 43,342 words
  27. Day 27: 45,009 words
  28. Day 28: 46,675 words
  29. Day 29: 48,343 words
  30. Day 30: 50,000 words
So bug me a lot if the wordcount on my NaNoWriMo homepage doesn't reflect this! Thanks a bunch in advance for keeping me on top of this. :-)

Now I'm off to a rehearsal for the Bach Mass in B minor. Woohoo!